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July 5, 2011 > Last call for fair fun

Last call for fair fun

The final countdown has begun for those who have yet to experience the Alameda County Fair. Sunday, July 10 will be the last opportunity to see the pink blur of All-Alaskan Pig Races, get dizzy on carnival rides, sample a fried candy bar, make new friends in the petting zoo, get rough with live roller derby, and the other 94 ways to play.

At the race track, the first 1,000 people who enter Win, Place & Show on Friday, July 8 will get a free Secretariat ball cap, and golfers shouldn't miss the chance to win $10,000 in the Putting Contest with the final round on Saturday, July 9. Post times are 1:15 p.m. with races ending around 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. (No racing on Wednesday.)

Fiesta Hispana closes the diverse cultural offerings of Festival Square on July 9 and 10. Sabor de Las Americas will include a Day of the Dead photo exhibit, cooking demonstrations, Fuego Nuevo Ballet Folklorico delivering a celebration of Veracruz, a variety of Latin music, and a Tamale Tasting Contest on Sunday with the sounds of Mariachi San Jose.

Experience an old-fashioned auction on Sunday, July 10 as The Annual Youth Livestock.

Kids in 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FFA) will auction off over 400 quality animals including rabbit, hogs, beef, lamb, and goat to complete their year-long projects; bidding starts at 8:30 a.m.

The concert series winds down with We The Kings, Wednesday, July 6; Sanctus Real, Thursday, July 7; Survivor, Friday, July 8; The Whispers, Saturday, July 9; and country favorite Tracy Lawrence closes the series on Sunday, July 10.

Don't forget to take advantage of special discount admission days: 99 cent Wacky Wednesdays with 99 cent admission before 3 p.m. and $3 after 3 p.m., seniors free Thursdays (62 and older), and kids free Fridays (ages 12 and under).

The fair still beckons; don't miss out on the fun!

Alameda County Fair
Through July 10
11 a.m. - 10 p.m. (Wed and Thu)
10 a.m. - 10 p.m. (Fri - Sun)
Alameda County Fairgrounds
4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton
(925) 426-7600

Admission: $10 ages 13 - 61; $6 ages 6 - 12; children under 6 free
Parking: $8 general; $15 preferred; $20 VIP
Carnival rides: $25 unlimited wristband (Mon. - Fri.), $28 unlimited wristband (Sat. and Sun.)
Pre-purchase tickets online for a discount

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